Aaron Rodgers says he worked on his mental health this offseason

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The beautiful mystery continues.

With three weeks until training camps open and the question of whether Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will show up in Green Bay still not resolved with any degree of clarity, Rodgers addressed his offseason experience on Monday — without addressing his short-term football future.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health,” Rodgers said during a Monday news conference, via Ben Baby of ESPN.com. “I haven’t dealt with bouts of depression or anything, that I think for whatever reason, are OK to talk about if you’re talking about mental health. I’ve just really been trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind. What habits can I form that allow me to feel most in my body, most present, happiest? And that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Those habits included not showing up for any of his team’s offseason program, including the mandatory minicamp. Along the way, he gave up a $500,000 workout bonus and risked a fine in the range of $100,000. (It’s unknown whether the Packers excused his absence from the mandatory three-day event in June.)

The closest Rodgers apparently came to addressing his lingering dissatisfaction with the Packers’ front office came through this quote: “Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the smartest person. Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the person who has all the facts on their side or the truth on their side. Sometimes there’s a lot of wisdom is silence. Sometimes there’s a lot of wisdom in being selective on what you say.”

That doesn’t mean the quietest person is the smartest. Rodgers, through things he’s said and hasn’t said and things his camp has leaked, has created plenty of chaos for the Packers, and he has done nothing to rectify it. Also, to the extent there’s wisdom in refusing to say whether he will or won’t show up for camp, I’m not nearly wise enough to discern it.

“The mental side of it is so important for all of us athletes,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think it’s talked about enough. But taking time to work on yourself is, I think, the best gift any of us can give ourselves.”

He’s right in general, but this is the first time that Rodgers has tied any of the drama of the past several months to a broader focus on his mental health. If the confusion and contradictions and complaints traced back to his broader mental health and well-being and not simply a desire to leave the Packers and finish his career elsewhere, common sense suggests we likely would have heard something about that before July 5.

32 responses to “Aaron Rodgers says he worked on his mental health this offseason

  1. Life is tough when you’re rich and famous. I hope he gets better soon.

  2. If he shows up to start the season in a dress all will be forgiven.

  3. Yeah that seems to have always been his problem, just not spending enough time thinking about himself.

  4. This man ain’t even in his right mind. Brady left him in shambles. He wants to get traded to the AFC.

  5. When it comes to Rodgers, those who say do not know (^^). Those who know do not say.

    And Aaron is keeping his cards close to the vest.

  6. I love the fact that Aaron Rodgers is doing everything possible to get himself in the right frame of mind by the start of the season.
    This bodes extremely well for himself and the Green Bay Packers as a whole.
    This is a very talented roster and I’m expecting big things this year.
    Looking forward to the 2021 season.
    Get your 🍿 ready.

  7. Having not been told your replacement is being brought on board has to be unsettling. Not sure how I would respond to such a situation! This thing went haywire when AR had an MVP year and GB got caught with their pants down and refused to move on to his replacement. Let’s hope he gets in the right frame of mind and has a great year, both for the fans and for whatever team he is playing for.

  8. I fell for him. I really do. Here’s hoping he can overcome life’s little adversities while the rest of the world burns.

  9. I think we too often forget that professional athletes are human beings who are doing an extremely difficult job at a high level. It’s entertaining for us to objectify them, view their stats or criticize this or that, but we do that at risk of our own humanity. It’s good to see Aaron Rodgers remind us he is human, because the way he plays, sometimes we forget.

  10. I’m a gigantic Packer and Rodgers fan, but when he or anyone else uses the word depression it always gives me pause. Being depressed doesn’t necessarily equate to depression any more than being alone equates to being lonely. Depression is a clinical diagnosis that can only be made by a professional. Throwing that word around casually is an afront to so many people.

  11. @Patches… “professionals” such as? That kid that graduated with his/her 2.1 from [who cares] university?

    I’ve got no specific allegiance here, but to call out anyone for speaking out for mental health generally means, necessarily, that you’re part of the problem.

  12. Packers brass are out to vilify Rodgers to distract from their own mismanagement, and the fans seem to be buying it. Let them have Love, because apparently HOF QBs grow on trees in Green Bay, and surely Love will be no different.

  13. “Aaron Rodgers says he worked on his mental health this offseason”

    I think he needs to retire to continue this effort, because his mental health hasn’t improved during his “beautiful mystery tour…

    A problem that took 16 years to manifest itself doesn’t resolve itself in a few months of passive aggressive exile.

  14. Making lame excuses and kind of apologizing for his behaviour. He’s gonna play. Darn it.

  15. Bravo to Aaron for speaking about mental health. There is some huge stigma around it like anyone who works on their mental health is a “crazy person.”

    Aaron speaking on this makes it easier for some other players to feel it’s ok to talk about needing to work on their own mental health.

  16. This guy is the most California Cool individual in professional sports. He understands it’s just a game and his personal well-being comes first. He’s also the most talented quarterback in the NFL and a most competitive person. He’s softening his perception and expressed disdain for the treatment certain teammates and friends received. He’ll be there Opening Day. He has said very little and close friends are doing their best to share nothing. This keeps rampant false realities in-check. He knows it’s a business first and he took his time to calm down and enjoy life. It’s just a game. Whatever will be, will be. He gets it.

  17. Vikings QB Brett Favre also did this prior to his greatest season in 2009.

  18. It’s a shame us Viking fans have to pin our hopes and dreams on the drama coming out of GB. It’s not like we have any title history or realistic title aspirations to fill our heads.

  19. Concentrating on your golf game is not exactly good for your mental health. At least it isn’t for me.

  20. I’m actually looking forward to tonight’s golf match… For years, Rodgers was known to be one of the best golfers among NFL players. He’s not as good as Romo was, but Brees, Roethlisberger and Rodgers are probably the best among active QBs.

  21. So he’s got millions of dollars. He’s the starting QB of an NFL team. And I believe he’s getting married to some celebrity? Life is hard….

  22. Good for him; everyone should. Especially some of the toxic commenters on PFT.

  23. I have been an Aaron Rodgers fan for years, but I have to admit that the situation he is currently in might just wind up outing him as the biggest diva sissy in the NFL. Or not. Time will tell.

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